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Mississippi Medical Marijuana Sales Expected By End Of Year

A report shows the state of Mississippi has licensed 107 medical marijuana facilities, with 93 listed as dispensaries.

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A report shows the state of Mississippi has licensed 107 medical marijuana facilities, with 93 listed as dispensaries, reports WTOK.

The other 24 licensees could be one of several things. There are also cultivation facilities, micro-cultivation facilities, disposal entities, processing facilities and transportation services. (I hope you’re taking notes.)

The Magnolia State’s medical marijuana law went into effect Feb. 2, 2022. After Mississippi voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana in November 2020, their wishes were rebuffed by the good-old-boy Mississippi Supreme Court.

Dragged Kicking And Screaming

That led, 15 months later, to the Mississippi Legislature reluctantly acceding to the wishes of the people by passing a medical marijuana law. That’s because they understandably had a sizable contingent of pissed-off constituents on their hands.

But wouldn’t you know it? The law passed by those reluctant lawmakers wasn’t as good as the one passed by the voters themselves. ’Twas ever thus, eh?

The Mississippi State Department of Health is still processing medical Cannabis patient applications. They say they expect to have those approved later this fall.

Industry observers expect dispensaries to commence medical marijuana sales to authorized patients by the end of 2022. 

But Them Good Old Boys Sure Can Read Opinion Polls…

A huge majority of Mississippi voters — 74 percent! — approved a medical marijuana initiative on the November 2020 ballot. That measure would have allowed patients to buy up to 5 ounces a month.

The Mississippi Supreme Court shamelessly invalidated the people’s vote six months later. In their haughty hubris, they found Mississippi’s initiative process outdated. Turning in a remarkably sketchy decision, the justices claimed the measure was not put properly on the ballot.

Staunchly conservative Republicans firmly control both the Mississippi House and Senate. But these are Republicans who can at least read opinion polls. Both chambers prudently passed the final version of Senate Bill 2095 in February.

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